Gay Connecticut, “Uncomfortable” California, Gay Sweden, and Gay Iowa

April 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Posted in LGBT | Leave a comment

Connecticut LGBT advocacy group closes up due to success:

California – nine year old’s survey project excluded from school because he learned some people don’t think of themselves as boys or girls:

Tonight was the night the science project results were revealed, at my nephew’s school’s open house, and my sister was supposed to take a picture so I could show all of you.

Except she couldn’t. Because my nephew’s project, alone among all of them, was not displayed. After much back and forth with various people, my sister learned that apparently some people were uncomfortable with his conclusions. Specifically the part where he said that what he really learned from this project was that some people don’t want to be called boys or girls, and that those people need an “other” option.

Thanks for the tip off boinboing.net

Sweden Approves Marriage Equality:

Sweden becomes the fifth country in Europe, and the seventh country in the world, to approve same sex marriage legislation. Go SWEDEN!!

Scandinavian countries, known for their liberal attitudes towards gays and lesbians, were among the first countries in Europe to grant same-sex partners the same rights as married couples.

Sweden gave same-sex couples the right to form a union via registered partnerships in the mid-nineties and made it legal for them to adopt in 2002.

The passage of the bill was widely expected and the final tally was 261 votes in favour of the bill and 22 opposed.

“The decision means that gender no longer has an impact on the ability to marry and that the law on registered partnership is repealed,” the government said on its website.

Of the seven parties in the Swedish parliament, only the Christian Democrats opposed the new law. “Yvonne Andersson said her party wanted to maintain ‘a several hundred-year-old concept‘ about marriage.”

Yeah right, let’s go back just one hundred years and compare the concept of marriage to what we have today.

Unanimous ruling: Iowa marriage no longer limited to one man, one woman:

The Rev. Mark Stringer said he cried when he learned of Friday’s decision. Stringer performed the only legal same-sex marriage in Iowa when he officiated a 2007 ceremony in the brief window between a Polk County judge’s ruling and the subsequent court-ordered delay so the Supreme Court could weigh in.

“It’s really an astounding moment under our history,” Stringer said. “What really excites me is that Iowa is the first in our area of the country. We are being a leader in civil rights, which will be part of our state’s history.”

[snip]

“We are firmly convinced that the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective,” the court said in an opinion written by Justice Mark Cady. “The legislature has excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification.”

Yeah Iowa State Legislators. I unamimously heart you!

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